I can't say it, I am so sick of saying those dreadful words!!! There is nothing glamorous or even easy about saying Rheumatoid Arthritis. Not only is the word 'rheumatoid' just so bizarre as far as language goes, it sounds like it something from an other planet! Then there is 'arthritis' which conjures up images of old people with walking frames and blankets over their shoulders. So just incase you thought the word rheumatoid wasn't that bad, the word arthritis certainly puts the boot in! AND it's hard to type aswell!
'I have Rheumatoid Arthritis' or 'I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis' or I am a Rheumatoid Arthritis patient'. I have lost count of the times I have said those phrases over the past few years and each time I have uttered those words my stomach has churned with both embarrasment and humiliation. I don't want to be ill, I don't want people to look at me and pity me or even worse thing I am making things out to be worse than they are because they can't see a plaster or a bandage. I have come to loathe the word so much especially when you have to explain to people that you are not as physically able as most people and therefore could they make allowances. Also it's a constant reminder that you are ill, physically disabled, not like everyone else and frankly I could do without being reminded!!!!
I have now stopped saying Rheumatoid Arthritis and will now say something like 'oh I have bad knees' or have joint problems. I don't want people to pity me, yes I am young, yes most people get arthritis when they are old and yes it's a shame it happened but this is my life and I have to live with this diagnosis. I want as normal a life as possible, I want to show people that I can still do most things and still live a normal life.
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